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Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The government says Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month for 2013. That's less than expected, but it'll still eat up nearly one-fourth of the typical cost-of-living raise for retirees.

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Migration officials say cholera in Haiti on rise

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The International Organization for Migration says Haitian officials have confirmed 3,593 cholera cases and another 837 suspected cases since Hurricane Sandy's passage.

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Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

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More American workers to pick their insurance

Posted: 11/16/2012 - For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.

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Tips to avoid picking up pounds as year ends

Posted: 11/16/2012 - A key to avoiding weight gain during the holidays is to stay out of the kitchen. Dr. Betty Greer of the University of Tennessee Extension says don't hang out where food is being prepared.

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Booze calories nearly equal soda's for US adults

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.

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New gene triples risk for Alzheimer's disease

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

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British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu

Posted: 11/13/2012 - A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.

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Food labels multiply, some confuse consumers

Posted: 11/12/2012 - Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month .

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Malaria vaccine a letdown for infants

Posted: 11/09/2012 - An experimental malaria vaccine once thought promising is turning out to be a disappointment, with a new study showing it is only about 30 percent effective at protecting infants from the killer disease.

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Obama's health care overhaul turns into a sprint

Posted: 11/09/2012 - The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.

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Experts raise concerns over superhuman workplace

Posted: 11/08/2012 - Academics from Britain's leading institutions say attention needs to be focused on the consequences of technology which may one day allow — or compel — humans to work better, longer and harder.

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Pfizer says FDA approves arthritis drug Xeljanz

Posted: 11/07/2012 - Pfizer says the Food and Drug Administration approved its rheumatoid arthritis pill Xeljanz, seen as potential big seller for the world's largest pharmaceutical company.

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Study: Looking old may be a sign of heart risks

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Researchers found that those with receding hairlines, bald heads, wrinkles near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids were more likely to have had a heart attack or clogged arteries.

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Study: Vitamins don't lower heart risks in men

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

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Even fit baby boomers won't escape heart problems

Posted: 11/06/2012 - Here's a reality check for health-conscious baby boomers: Even among those in good shape, at least 1 in 3 will eventually develop heart problems or have a stroke.

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Doctors debate value of 'fringe' heart treatment

Posted: 11/05/2012 - A heart disease treatment that many doctors consider to be fringe medicine unexpectedly showed some promise in a federal study clouded by ethical and scientific controversy, causing debate about the results.

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Surgery seems best for heart disease in diabetics

Posted: 11/05/2012 - New research shows that people with diabetes and several clogged heart arteries fare better with bypass surgery instead of having stents placed to prop open their blood vessels.

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